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It's Christmas in the tech noir slum of the post-apocalyptic future, and scrap-metal sculptor Stacey Travis gets a present she'll never forget. Scavenger boyfriend Dylan McDermott returns from the wastelands with the insectoid robot head of a killing machine. In no time it whirs to life and builds itself a gizmo-laden body out of handy appliances to continue its single-minded destruction of the human race, one warm body at a time. Director Richard Stanley, something of a scavenger himself, plunders everything from The Terminator, Blade Runner, and The Road Warriorto Short Circuit (the spidery construct resembles a demonic Number 5) for his violent flesh-vs.-metal survival thriller. Shot in sun-blasted orange and sweltering red, it's a triumph of style, set design, and grunge aesthetics over story, driven by a pounding techno score by Simon Boswell and punctuated by splattering gore. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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1) The soundtrack is incredible, and will hopefully be Dolby encoded.
2) The amazing use of reds in the color of the images always seems to bleed on VHS and a digital rendering is most welcome.
Hardware is one of the most stylistic films to ever be released into the mainstream. It resembles an art film that you would expect at Sundance much more than it does something that would come from Hollywood.
Forget the rather lame plot and look at the ingenious presentation and atmosphere. The cinematography and editing on this film are breathtaking. Hardware should be studied by film students everywhere to learn how original execution and creativity can be melded with a major studio release to create something extraordinary.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...those who don't like it simply don't understand it. It also helps to have an appreciation of industrial music as there's nothing quite like seeing GWAR perform as you hear Ministry's Stigmata.
As you can see, there is far more to this film than meets the eye. If you'll give it a chance, and watch more than 20 minutes of it (see below), you'll see what an incredible work of art this movie is. And now, we'll have it in beautiful DVD format!
In a futuristic society, one that has destroyed the planet with pollution and radiation, the best Christmas gift is a piece of scrap metal. It seems the government has initiated population control by creating a terminator robot that kills people and not just rebels. Most of the filming is done inside Jill's (Stacey Travis) apartment.
For a low budget sci-fi, it was done fairly well. I watched the special 2-disc limited edition ($2.99 Mountain View Movies) which included a second disc which was mostly a Richard Stanley ego fest. We had commentary by Richard, previous short films by him, a super 8 version of Hardware and deleted scenes. This wouldn't be bad except except Richard needs to stay behind the camera and not in front of it.
Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Stacey Travis).
This film has every factor you would want in a scary science fiction movie -- a killer robot, artistic statements, a kick-rear-end soundtrack, superior acting, political statements, drugs, the snuffing out of humankind, and even good-old weirdness ("wibbly-wobbly walk"). However, what really sets it apart from the slew of mediocre sci-fi thrillers in this genre is the exceptional screenwriting, which develops the tension, suspense, and terror that grips you so effectively when you watch this movie.
If you like "Alien" and "Aliens", you'll love this movie. In fact, you will love this movie even if you don't like science fiction in general. The only people who shouldn't watch this movie are those who don't like scary movies, because this one will absolutely *terrify* you.
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The movie is very good, however the case was broken where the DVD attaches.Published 15 months ago by Natasha Gray
Old classic movie, enjoyed it on vhs and glad to have it on DVD. More of a cult classic than great movie but cool, with cool people popping up all over the place (Lemmy!)Published 18 months ago by Shmeger
Why do we always hope for classy and happy endings? Horror movies are horror movies because they do not end well. Read morePublished on May 4 2011 by Aaron Freeland
Imagine 'Terminator' made as a music video without all the time travel stuff and that's pretty much what you've got here; alternatively imagine a seven-page comic strip from... Read morePublished on July 24 2010 by Amazon Customer